Military Truck Independent Front & Rear Suspension Explained [Video]

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In our Military Truck Independent Front & Rear Suspension Explained video, the TFL team had a unique opportunity to discuss military suspensions with an expert. Paul Barr, Chief Engineer Defense and Specialty Engineering (Meritor – which once was part of Rockwell), discusses the rational behind avoiding a solid axle.

Several modern military vehicles have independent suspensions, not just in the United States, military vehicles around the world. We recently covered the Oshkosh JLTV (Joint Light Tactical Vehicle), a vehicle that utilizes a fully independent suspension, (you can read about it [Oshkosh JLTV]). That report includes running footage of the JLTV off-road.

We get a guided tour of a cutaway front-end component. While it’s an impressive setup, what makes it the right choice for military vehicles? What are the benefits to a combat truck both on and off the highway? We get a chance to explore this and other questions.

What do you think? Is an independent front/rear suspension the way of the future for all off-road vehicles, including the Jeep Wrangler? Does it work best of these bigger military trucks with large tires? Let us know in the comments below or in the TFLtruck Forum.

Check out this fun and informative interview posted on our new channel, TFLnow!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.